Folks, day 7 was WATER-FASTING DAY! Something I have never, ever done. The entire day was spent consuming nothing but plain and/or coconut water.
Started out pretty well until I got to around noon time. The growling in my stomach began. To rectify that, I simply drank more water until I was full.
A wonderful flush for the kidneys for sure. Many, many, many visits to the bathroom.
I stayed away from pictures or discussions of food because I knew that being as hungry as I was, it would have been easy to grab something...anything in sight.
Carried on until around 6:00pm then I started getting a slight headache along with a lethargic feeling. I simply told myself that the best thing to do at this point was to go to bed early.
I did exactly that, so by 7:00pm I was out like a light!!
I woke up the next morning feeling so proud of myself for sticking the process out and for rewarding my body (particularly as a woman over 50) with this wonderful flush and for allowing my stomach muscles to relax for a day.
The next go-round is the fruitarian segment, where I eat only raw foods--nothing with any form of heat applied to it--which would mostly be fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
I have decided to join four fellow rebel-reclaimers (Akilah Richards of Execumama.com, Trelani Hall Duncan of Sofundamental.com, Katrina Harrell @NovemberSage and Monique Halley of Simplyblissliving.com ) in reclaiming my temple and rebelling against the trend of the unwell. I had only recently (over the last year or so) made a decision to eat less gluten, more fruits and vegetable, and to cut down significantly on sugar, but I nevertheless enthusiastically welcome this Reclaim Rebellion journey. This will certainly serve to bolster my decision and will be right in line with my aging-well lifestyle that I've embraced.
This is a 38-day journey broken down as follows:
-- 7 days of transitioning into the journey
-- 1 day of water fasting
-- 20 days fruitarianism
-- 5 days vegan
-- 5 days vegetarian
Days 1 through 6 were quite easy and helped me get a better grasp on my wellness journey, particularly as a 50-plus woman.
I started eating even more fruits and vegetables by replacing at least one daily meal with a fruit or with a vegetable salad. Having a fruit-only meal is fun...it really is! Watermelon for lunch is filling, refreshing, nourishing, satisfying...ok -- let me stop! Another example is eating an entire pineapple for breakfast, then drinking lots of water afterwards. Super delicious! Other times I had a green vegetable salad (lettuce or kale with cucumbers) for dinner, and used a blend of mango and tomato as my salad dressing. Extremely delicious. These choices are in direct lining with my impending 20 days of fruitarianism.
I'm ready-- both physically and psychologically.
Ready for how great I will feel. Ready for the weight I will lose. Ready for the feeling of satisfaction I will get from sticking steadfastly to a journey that's rewarding to my health and well-being in more ways than one.
Join me as I chronicle this life-changing journey. You may be tempted to try it. In fact, I'm hoping you will.
Did you know that in addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight, increasing energy, and reducing abdominal fat, life-time exercise can in fact (and particularly as we age):
1. Increase good cholesterol (HDL) and lower triglycerides
2. Improve heart health
3. Reduce stress, depression, anxiety and cognitive decline
4. Lower blood pressure and the risk of stroke
5. Improve sleep
6. Reduce joint pain
7. Reduce the risk of diabetes
8. Increase bone density, therefore reducing osteoporosis
9. Lower the risk of many cancers
There are many other benefits with which I'm sure you're quite familiar, but these are just some of the obvious one.
Will this convince you to get up and start moving? I hope so.